Prevent Duty

Prevent Duty

The need to prevent people being drawn into terrorist activities

Your responsibility

Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (the Act) places a duty on Schools, Colleges, Universities and Local Authorities in the exercise of their functions, to have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism".

Being drawn into terrorism includes not just violent extremism but also non-violent extremism, which can create an atmosphere conducive to terrorism and can popularise views which terrorists exploit.

Schools, Colleges, Universities and Local Authorities need to demonstrate that they are protecting young people from being drawn into terrorism by having robust safeguarding policies in place to identify young people at risk, and intervening as appropriate.

eSafe provides a unique early warning service to help you fulfil your obligations and duty under Section 26 of the Act. 

What we provide

The eSafe Service delivers essential visibility of extremist behaviour and the threat of radicalisation, including the subtle indicators associated with non-violent extremism and early stage radicalisation, through a combination of:

  • extensive localised, national, international and cultural markers to detect far right/white supremacy and Islamic extremism
  • language independent monitoring technology to identify extremist material and activity communicated in a foreign language
  • sophisticated device monitoring technology to identify the above as imagery, keystrokes, document content, and chat communication, irrespective of whether the device is on-line or offline, and regardless of the device location 
  • specialist multi-lingual reviewing staff to ensure serious risk is escalated for intervention in a timely manner


Bolton 6th Form College

Sandra McManus - Vice Principal

We could never go back to trying to do it ourselves with traditional software monitoring: we simply couldn’t review the large volume of incidents that came through as well as eSafe do.  Even if I did dedicate a member of staff to reviewing incidents full time, they wouldn’t have the expertise in the range of behaviours, or the language skills needed, for picking up markers of threats on IT equipment that’s accessed by our multi-lingual student population.  I feel a lot more secure with eSafe in place.

Hillside High School

Jonathan Lowe - Information Systems Manager

We realised that safety using ICT and the Internet was not just an ICT departmental concern but a whole school safeguarding issue. We chose eSafe because it addressed our requirements using a proactive approach that was supported by professionals who are highly trained and impartial; the service provision meant we could be confident that issues would be identified regardless of our team’s workload. As Information Systems Manager I supported the procurement and implementation of eSafe within school, however its use is firmly embedded within the pastoral support provision of the school and was funded directly from the schools central budget.

Brompton CE Primary

Mike White - Headteacher

One of the most beneficial aspects of the eSafe system is the way in which incidents are reviewed by specialist examiners so that the school is able to focus on managing the incident, rather than checking whether incidents have occurred in the first place.  In busy schools, this makes a really positive impact on workload.